If you find yourself in Adelaide, don’t restrict yourself to just exploring the city sights. While we wouldn’t blame you if you did – The Festival City does have a lot going for it, we know – there are many thrills and luxuries to indulge in just past the city limits.
Not even 45 minutes inland from the CBD, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Adelaide Hills. Of the state’s four world-famous wine regions, it’s the closest to the city and more than holds its own in the wine department.
Not quite an hour’s drive south-east of Adelaide’s CBD, Strathalbyn has all the old-timey British charm of an episode of Downton Abbey. Set along the River Angas and bursting with gorgeous greenery, the little town is one of the most impossibly picturesque places in the state, if not the country.
Yes, the Barossa has been hyped up to the high heavens and, yes, it’s worth it. Whether you’re after a cool and casual day among the vines or a decadent fine-dining affair, the Barossa has it all in spades. For a day trip to remember, pick just two or three points of interest and take your time – think strolls through farmers’ markets and long lunches that stretch well into the afternoon. For a unique souvenir, visit JamFactory at Seppeltsfield, an artistic hub where designers and makers show and sell their creations.
Life is all about balance, which is why the Clare Valley’s Riesling Trail – a bike path that winds between local wineries – is such a dreamy and invigorating way to spend an afternoon (or morning; we don’t judge!). Once a railway line, the 32-kilometre track is a great way for you to get a sense of the picture-perfect Clare Valley and familiarise yourself with the budding culinary scene.
If one bike-meets-winery trail isn’t enough, head to McLaren Vale for round two: the Shiraz Trail. If you’re only in this part of South Australia for the day, the Cube at d’Arenberg
winery is a slightly bizarre and unmissable highlight. The striking building resembles an enormous Rubik’s cube and even features the Alternate Realities Museum.
Pictured: Riesling Trail, Clare Valley. Image © South Australian Tourism Commission; Adam Bruzzone